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Latin American documentaries prioritize "affection" in the aftermath of the pandemic

Organizers of the Mexico's Ambulante Documentary Film Tour say featured projects have COVID-19 at the center.

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In an interview with EFE, programming coordinator Blanmi Núñez of the 2022 Ambulante Documentary Film Tour said the COVID-19 pandemic would play the focal point of the new festival. 

"Something I find in common is affection, how to live through affection, how to deal with the crisis, how to become collective from affection, that is something that crosses different sections, not only in (the section) Resistances, and it is something that I find interesting, after the pandemic it seems logical to me that we get closer," she said.

For her part, Itzel Martínez del Cañizo, the tour's new programming director since March, added that the productions coincide with the filmmakers' experimentation to be able to "question the public" from new places.

"To talk to each other, understand each other and connect," she said.

On Aug. 31, the documentary tour will begin in Mexico City and will last until Sept. 4, after which it will travel to states such as Michoacán, Aguascalientes, Chihuahua and Veracruz, culminating on Oct. 9.

"The documentary gives you answers and we as Gira Ambulante have to go with all the security and protocols, but we cannot stop in the face of this (violence), we have to go and create affective networks among citizens that make them able to deal with different situations," added Núñez.

According to figures from Paulina Suárez, general director of Ambulante, the tour will present 105 films, three world premieres, documentaries from 28 countries, and 40 Mexican productions.

In addition, it will feature six of Mexico's 28 Indigenous languages, including Mayan, Zoque, Tzotzil and Tupi.

Itzel Martínez considered it a sign of the progress made by the project co-founded by actors Gael García and Diego Luna, in terms of supporting and promoting diverse training, as has been the case with the Ambulante Beyond section.

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